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Stay in the lively and glamorous city of San Francisco. Enjoy wine tasting in the regions’ Napa Valley. Explore the scenic splendour of Yosemite National Park and breathe in the sea air as you travel to the coastal cities of Monterey and Santa Barbara. With the finale in LA with all its glitz and glamour, this tour will really show you California at its best.

What's included

• 8 nights’ accommodation
• 8 breakfasts and 4 dinners
• Return transfers to and from the airport
• Tour director throughout
• Walking tour through San Francisco’s China Town including dinner
• Wine tasting tour in Napa Valley
• Drive along 17 Mile Drive
• Food tour in Carmel
• Guided tour of Hearst Castle
• Visit to Santa Barbara Mission
• Visit to Getty Villa including a guided tour
• City tour of Los Angeles including a private tour of the Dolby Theatre

Itinerary

Day 1 – San Francisco

Welcome to California! On arrival at San Francisco International Airport, your airport transfer takes you to your tour hotel. At 6pm join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening with drinks and a light meal.

Hotel: Omni San Francisco
Welcome Dinner

Day 2 – San Francisco

Spend the morning taking in the sights of the city – the bustling activity in Union Square and the beautiful Golden Gate Park. Later, join your Tour Director and fellow guests for an informative walking tour through Chinatown followed by an authentic Chinese Highlight Dinner.

Hotel: Omni San Francisco
Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 – San Francisco to Sonoma

Enter the Napa Valley in California’s lush premier wine country with a visit to Benziger Family Winery for a fabulous private tram tour. Take a close-up look at the vines and learn about the biodynamic farming approach and history of the winery, while enjoying breathtaking views. See the terraced vineyards and visit the crush pad, barrel aging caves and tasting room where you’ll enjoy an exclusive tasting. Later in the afternoon, peruse the quaint shops at Sonoma’s historic plaza.

Hotel: The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa
Full Breakfast

Day 4 – Sonoma to Yosemite

Travel through California’s Gold Country and into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park. Explore the valley floor with its spectacular waterfalls, the imposing rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome and view the abundant wildlife. Tonight, enjoy your hotel located inside the park, close to North America’s highest waterfall.

Hotel: Yosemite Lodge at the Falls
Full Breakfast

Day 5 – Yosemite to Monterey

Drive down the Sierras and through the fertile San Joaquin Valley. Purchase local fresh fruit at a historic fruit stand en route to picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea. Browse the art galleries and shops on Ocean Avenue before a relaxing drive across the Monterey Peninsula and along scenic 17-Mile Drive. Pass the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links and multi-million dollar mansions before arriving in charming Monterey. Enjoy a customised food tour upon arrival in Carmel where you’ll learn about local flavours, culture, art, architecture and history. For your dining pleasure, you have a spectacular selection of local restaurants to choose from.

Hotel: Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa
Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 – Monterey to Santa Barbara

Head South to La Cuesta Encantada ‘The Enchanted Hill’ high above the ocean at San Simeon, for a guided tour of Hearst Castle, the grandiose estate of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. Continue south through the vineyards of the Central Coast to the resort town of Santa Barbara, often billed as the ‘American Riviera’. Check in to your beachfront hotel.

Hotel: Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, Santa Barbara
Full Breakfast

Day 7 – Santa Barbara to Los Angeles

Visit the beautiful Mission Santa Barbara and learn about the chain of 21 missions along California’s El Camino Real.  Then journey along spectacular Santa Monica Bay, passing through glamorous Malibu on your way to Santa Monica. Take time to stroll along the popular Third Street Promenade. Visit the stunning Getty Villa, a recreation of an ancient Roman country house, for a guided tour. Continue on to your luxurious hotel at L.A. Live, the city’s newest and one-of-a-kind entertainment destination.

Hotel: JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. Live
Full Breakfast

Day 8 – Los Angeles

This morning spot the Hollywood Sign during your sightseeing tour, view Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Experience the glitz and glamour of Hollywood on a private tour of the Dolby Theatre, home to the Academy Awards ceremony. In the evening, enjoy a lovely dinner at a popular restaurant.

Hotel: JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. Live
Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 – Los Angeles & end of tour

Your California tour comes to an end with a departure transfer to Los Angeles International Airport.

Full Breakfast

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Dates

Tour Dates 2016

April 22, 29 San Francisco
May 6, 13 San Francisco
June 3, 10, 24 San Francisco
July 1, 8, 15 San Francisco
August 5, 19, 26 San Francisco
September 2, 9, 16, 23 San Francisco
October 7 San Francisco
December 30 San Francisco

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At a glance


  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • Tour director throughout
  • Wine tasting and tour of Napa Valley winery
  • Stay in Yosemite National Park
  • Does not include flights

Why book with American Affair


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  • 20 Years Travel Experience
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Silver award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


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At a glance


  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • Tour director throughout
  • Wine tasting and tour of Napa Valley winery
  • Stay in Yosemite National Park
  • Does not include flights

Why book with American Affair


  • Expert Knowledge
  • 20 Years Travel Experience
  • ATOL & IATA Protected
  • Tailor Made Holidays

Trusted travel partner


Winner of British Travel Awards 2016

Silver award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


Fully Protected

We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA.

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